Once upon a time there was a girl that was a carnivore. But even though her heart was singing in love when she saw a tender piece of meat every once in a while she craved a vegeterian dish.
So when she first made this Parmesan Marinara Meatball Recipe she fell in love with the Italian flavored Marinara Sauce and immediately set her heart on making a dish with this sauce. Though she wanted to be this recipe to be totally suitable for her vegetarian friends this time as well. Because they perfectly fit the Italian theme and also because, well they are amazing, she decided to toss in some gnocchi. And cheese, of course. Always cheese!
Then she also decided to stop speaking of herself in third person because well, that became a little awkward at some point.
But let’s not talk about me anymore now, let’s talk about gnocchi. I love gnocchi – ooops me again. Not only are they little dough balls of bliss they are also made of potatoes which kinda doubles their greatness. I have made my gnocchis before from scratch but to be honest I am just a bit too lazy and like my kitchen flour dust free a little too much! So I just go and buy them in store. What I like particularly about them is that you just pick up a bag of fresh gnocchi and it takes you literally 5 minutes to heat them up and make them soft and ready to eat. Though most people boil them in water I favor to bake them or heat them up directly in the sauce. Perfect for a quick and easy dinner after a long day of work!
Let’s talk about this recipe now. Only one pan is needed to make this Vegeterian Mozzarella Gnocchis in Marinara Sauce that is chock-full of Italian flavors and whipped up in less than 15 minutes plus oven time. Guys, I seem to have a theme on here at the moment which is healthy comfort food and this recipe doesn’t fall short of this lable either! I don’t hate that! The creamy mozzarella cheese, the gooey warm gnocchi and the milde Italian flavors just rock my little heart in comfort!
- 500g Gnocchi
- 2 cups cocktail tomatoes
- 2 onions
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 T oregano
- 1 T thyme
- 250g buffallo mozzarella
- parsley or basil to garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C)
- Chop your onions into desired shape
- In an ironcast skillet heat the oilve oil and soften the onions on low heat
- Add the garlic, herbs and tomato sauce and stir well
- Give the gnocchi and tomatoes to the skillet and cover with sauce, now add the mozzarella
- Transfer to the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the gnocchis have soften up and the cheese is completely melted
- Garnish with parsley or basil
I may sound like a broken record but I also love when a recipe holds the potential for great leftovers. The Vegeterian Mozzarella Gnocchis in Marinara Sauce certainly do. Pack the leftovers in your lunchbox and all you need is a microwave to heat and soften up the gnocchi again the next day. You co-workers will hate you for sparking an intense craving for Italian food. The smell of this dish alone is just irresistable!
So I am zooming out for today. I have a hot lunch date with some leftovers that are actually already heating up for me in the microwave!
What’s your favorite Italian dish?
Sorry to cheat on the gnocchi, but mine is pizza – no competition!